Just three days after Hessian mercenary forces assaulted the local New Jersey militia at Quinton’s Bridge in 1778, the same contingent surprised the colonial militia at Hancock’s Bridge five miles from Salem. In what became known as the Massacre at Hancock’s Bridge, at least 20 members of the militia lost their lives, some after attempting to surrender. The Loyalists reputedly exclaimed, “Spare no one! Give no quarter!” as they stormed the occupied house. Judge Hancock and his brother (both Loyalists) were bayoneted in the melee by the attackers, even though they were both staunch supporters of the crown and were themselves non-violent Quakers.
Notes for Monday – March 21, 2016
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